Recently, AI-generated answers have become a major problem across the Stack Exchange network, and Writing.SE is no exception. While it's been great to see the site become more active again over the past few weeks, this has unfortunately also led to a number of users posting AI-generated answers. This is a problem, for a number of reasons:
- For starters, coming to a site about writing and posting things that you didn't write is (IMHO) audacious beyond belief. It's also plagiarism - and it's not simply a matter of crediting the AI, because AIs don't actually write things, they just mash together bits of text that other people have written.
- While AI-generated answers usually look correct, they may not actually be correct. This carries the obvious risk that people viewing the answers might not understand what's wrong with them either and blindly follow their advice.
- Similarly, the people posting the answers might not know if they're correct or not -- for example, because they lack the subject matter knowledge to write an answer without using AI. This isn't really fair to those who do have the subject matter knowledge to answer, and leaves them unable to correct their answers even if any problems are pointed out to them.
As a result, my fellow moderators and I have decided that all AI-generated answers are banned on Writing.SE. We have already deleted several such answers, and will continue to do so. If you see any answers you suspect are AI-generated, flag them and we'll look into it.